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Affiliation: 
Iowa State University
Title: 
Professor of Agricultural Meteorology Professor of Atmospheric Science
Department: 
Dept. of Agronomy, Dept. of Geoligical and Atmospheric Sciences
Expertise: 
climate modeling (regional and microscale)

Biography

Eugene S. Takle joined the Iowa State University faculty in 1971 and currently serves as Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Professor of Agricultural Meteorology in the Department of Agronomy, and holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He has a BA degree in physics and math from Luther College and PhD from the Iowa State University Department of Physics. He is co-director of the Regional Climate Modeling Laboratory at Iowa State University that currently is centrally involved in developing future scenarios of regional climate change and impacts for the US. He is primary or co-investigator on contracts with the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, NASA, and the US Department of Energy totaling more than $3.7 million. His service on national and international boards and committees includes Atmospheric Science Editor of Earth Science Reviews, Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, and Chair of the Transferability Working Group of the Hydrometeorology Panel of the World Climate Research Programme. He has over 200 publications and research presentations on topics such as climate change, turbulent flow through agricultural shelterbelts, and roadway weather. Although the primary focus of these research reports is numerical modeling and analysis of mesoscale and microscale flow, he also has been engaged in boundary-layer field experiments studying flow characteristics in the vicinity of shelterbelts and the role of atmospheric processes in pressure pumping of trace gases in soils. The Iowa Environmental Mesonet was initially established in 2001 under a grant from USDA with Professor Takle as co-PI. His online course entitled Global Change was introduced in 1995 as Iowa States first and longest running internet-based course. Since January of 2006 he also serves as Faculty Director of the University Honors Program.